NO ABC License Moratorium for Greater 14th & U Street/MidCity Neighborhoods
  • Petitioned DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board & DC Elected Officials

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DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board & DC Elected Officials

NO ABC License Moratorium for Greater 14th & U Street/MidCity Neighborhoods

    1. Sharon Dreyfuss
    2. Petition by

      Sharon Dreyfuss

      Washington, DC

In December 2012, paperwork was filed with ABRA for a Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) License (a/k/a "a liquor license") Moratorium for the Greater 14th and U Street Neighborhoods here in the District of Columbia.  The area covered is from R Street to Clifton and 8th to 15th Streets. 

Please sign this petition and express your support for our vibrant 14th and U Street and MidCity neighborhoods by saying "NO ABC License Moratorium for Greater 14th & U Street/MidCity Neighborhood!"

Along with signing this petition, please make your thoughts known to your ANC commissioner.  This will effect ANCs 2F, 2B, 1B and 6E.

Our neighborhoods today are a vibrant mix of residents, businesses, and services and continue to grow and flourish.  There are many other more effective ways to manage multi-use districts like our incredible neighborhoods.  An ABC license moratorium is a short sighted and ineffective "solution" to what really is complex mix of many quality of life issues.

Only by bringing together residents, local businesses of all types, government, public safety, and developers, to work together to address all of the quality of life issues can we plan and work toward the common goal of making the Greater 14th and U Street and MidCity Neighborhoods safe and vibrant places to live, work, and socialize.

An ABC License moratorium is an ineffective way to deal with the many quality of life issues that exist in the neighborhood and unfairly places the burden and responsibility of the many issues of our vibrant neighborhood only on our local businesses that happen to hold alcohol licenses. No one is saying that serving alcohol doesn't create issues, however blaming alcohol for all of the issues of a neighborhood and targeting only alcohol is short sighted and ineffective.

Only five (5) ABC Moratoriums exist today in DC, and all of the neighborhoods with moratoriums continue to struggle with the same issues that the proponents of the moratoriums said they would solve. These same neighborhoods now also struggle to attract new development, residents and business as well as to keep their neighborhoods vibrant and full of the mix of residents, retail, and services they desire (and even once had).

Recent signatures

    News

    1. ABRA Moratorium Hearing

      Sharon Dreyfuss
      Petition Organizer

      The moratorium hearing was held today from 1:30 - 5. SDCA and their supporters were the majority of the people who spoke, along with a few against (including myself) and the 4 ANC Commissioners that are touched by the moratorium. The Board by law has to give great weight to the ANCs, but it would be helpful, especially if you live in the proposed moratorium
      zone for ABRA to hear from you. The people testifying for the moratorium kept saying that the petition signers are out of the neighborhood. I know most of you are not. Please send emails against the moratorium to:

      abra@dc.gov

      They are accepting testimony through COB Friday, May 24th.

      Thanks in advance!

      Sharon

    2. ABRA hearing on Moratorium May 22

      Sharon Dreyfuss
      Petition Organizer

      I will be presenting the petition, names of signers, and comments to the ABRA Board. All 4 ANCs that were in the proposed moratorium zone voted against the moratorium. I'll update this after the hearing.

    3. 6F voted against Liquor License Moratorium!

      Sharon Dreyfuss
      Petition Organizer

      I've just been informed the 6E (Shaw) voted against the moratorium also!

    4. ANC2F voted against the Liquro License Moratorium

      Sharon Dreyfuss
      Petition Organizer

      All commissions voted against a moratorium! ANC1B should be voting Thursday April 4th at their monthly meeting at the Reeves Center.

    5. ANC1B ABC Committee voted against the Moratrorium. Email your commissioner

      Sharon Dreyfuss
      Petition Organizer

      On Wednesday, March 20th over 150 people attended the 3 ANC meeting (1B, 2B, 2F). Comments were overwhelmingly against the moratorium (estimates say 47 against to 7 or 8 for). On Thursday evening, the 1B ABC committee voted 10-3 against the moratorium. That vote will go the full ANC for a vote on Thursday April 4th. I urge you to drop an email to your commissioner about your opposition to the moratorium. I do not know when other full ANCs are voting.

      Nick Baumann, a local blogger, has created a sheet with ANC commissioner known votes and email addresses. Please get the email address from his link below and communicate with your commissioner.
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoH1U9cP9oVvdG9wYW44TkxUN3RvN2F1ejg4SFZvUEE#gid=0

      Thanks!

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Moratorium certified by ABRA - input needed at meetings

      Sharon Dreyfuss
      Petition Organizer

      ANC2B and 2F have scheduled the promised multi-ANC community forum for Wednesday, March 20th from 7-9pm at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St NW). Commissioners from the ANCs which fall within the boundaries of the proposed moratorium zone will be in attendance to listen to community opinions on the issue.

      The meeting format is somewhat unusual, as each person attending will be given one or two minutes to speak about the issue to the ANC Commissioners in attendance.

      You can help us win the fight for a better District simply by attending and saying, "I think the moratorium is a bad idea. I suggest you vote against it." There won't be a vote on the moratorium that night, but it'll let the ANC commissioners know the feelings of the community.

      Most comments on blogs and articles have been against the moratorium, but the opposition is vocal and attends meetings and makes themselves heard. We need to do the same, or else live with the consequences.

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Borderstan.com reports that a Liquor License Moratorium Application Filed

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      On the local neighborhood blog, www.borderstan.com, one of their latest posting reports that two organizations, The Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance (SDCA) and the Residential Action Coalition (RAC), have indeed filed paperwork for a moratorium for the Greater 14th and U Street neighborhoods. The application, while lengthy, makes a lot of arguments and provides conclusions and solutions with little evidence and little input from the greater community at large.

      You can read the complete story here, "A Liquor License Moratorium for 14th and U Corridor?" » http://www.borderstan.com/01/a-liquor-license-moratorium-for-14th-and-u-corridor/

      A Liquor License Moratorium for 14th and U Corridor? - Borderstan | Borderstan

      From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at tom[AT]borderstan.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann. Two citizen groups have filed a petition with the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to establish a liquor license moratorium zone for the 14th and U Street NW corridor.

    10. Profile of new "citizens" organization pushing for the moratorium

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      Take a moment and read the profile of the new "citizens" organization that is pushing the moratorium idea on our neighborhood. Worth noting that the president of this newly minted organization is already trying to discredit you and everyone else that has signed the petition to date.

    11. Online Petition Opposing Liquor License Moratorium Draws Support

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      More positive coverage of the petition's growing support.

    12. Dear PoPville – Meeting tomorrow night re: U Street Liquor Moratorium

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      Take a look at the comments on the Prince of Petworth blog, and please add your's if you haven't already. If you live in the greater U Street area, please try to make this meeting as well.

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. A moratorium will stifle new restaurants and lower service

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      The urbanist and D.C.-focused blog, GreaterGreaterWashington highlighted the petition today in a very smartly written post today. The post reviews the pitfalls and false promises of issue solving that moratorium proponents often make.

    15. In D.C., a Street’s Grit Gives Way to Glamour

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      A great overview of the development in the 14th and U Street neighborhood and where things are today, how we got here, and what's next. Very interesting to note that the NY Times highlights that the development on 14th Street is across the board: residential, hospitality, and retail.

    16. Borderstan.com: 14th and U: Petition Opposes Possibility of Liquor License

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      More great coverage of the petition on Borderstan.com as we near 400 signatures and surely on our way to 500 and beyond.

      Please continue to share the petition link with your friends and neighbors as we keep this momentum for smart management of quality of life issues in our neighborhood!

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. 14th Street's Diversity Touted by The New York Times

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      A great example of a story that wouldn't be written about a neighborhood under the restrictions of a moratorium.

    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. Less than 24 Hours

      Bryan Martin Firvida
      Petition Organizer

      Good Morning - our petition has been up less than 24 hours and we're already creeping toward 100 signatures! Please continue to share and spread the word of our effort to capture the real voice of our neighborhoods that we do indeed support our local businesses and our neighborhood! We all enjoy having a great vibrant place to live and short sighted solutions do little to keep our neighborhood alive or to solve the many quality of life issues that exist every day all across the District of Columbia.

    21. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Manisha Modi WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      My husband and I have lived at 13th and W for the past 12 years. We're raising our two children here. We can now walk less than two blocks to get groceries at the organic market that also sells wine and beer. We can take the kids to eat every night of the week at family-friendly restaurants that could not stay open without their liquor licenses. My husband and I can go have a couple of drinks and listen to live music on date night without ever leaving the neighborhood. Imagine U Street without Busboys and Poets, Dukem or the 9:30 Club. Now imagine how much more awesome it will be with a Trader Joe’s :-). The addition of new businesses and new residents have made this neighborhood more fun, more interesting, more attractive, and SAFER.

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    • Mark Chisholm SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      Because that neighborhood is great. If you want to ruin it again why not just have some more riots?

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    • Turner Freeman WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I've lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, the new liveliness is what I've always hoped for in my neighborhood. Hopefully a few naysayers won't slow things down.

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    • Whitney Duffey WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I live in the neighborhood.

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    • Cesar Perdomo WASHINGTOND, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      I live there and love the neighborhood and don't want regulations to dictate the way it will continue to grow

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